The Enchanted Hour

The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction
CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: DD42182
Released: Jan 15, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982607630
Narrator/s: Meghan Cox Gurdon
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A Wall Street Journal writerA??s conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction. A miraculous alchemy occurs when one person reads to another, transforming the simple stuff of a book, a voice, and a bit of time into complex and powerful fuel for the heart, brain, and imagination. Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, and drawing widely from literature, The Enchanted Hour explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children, whatever their class, nationality or family background. But itA??s not just about bedtime stories for little kids: Reading aloud consoles, uplifts and invigorates at every age, deepening the intellectual lives and emotional well-being of teenagers and adults, too. Meghan Cox Gurdon argues that this ancient practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping to replenish what our devices are leaching away. For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, itA??s an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures. Bringing together the latest scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations, The Enchanted Hour will both charm and galvanize, inspiring readers to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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Author(s): Meghan Cox Gurdon
Narrator(s): Meghan Cox Gurdon
Product Number Z100139906
Released: Jan 15, 2019
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Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062891334
Author(s): Meghan Cox Gurdon
Product Number EB00724196
Released: Jan 15, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062562838

Professional reviews

"This wonderful audiobook is a fully enjoyable listen. Meghan Cox Gurdon is the WALL STREET JOURNAL's reviewer of children's books, so it isn't surprising that she brings great insight and passion to this work. What may be surprising, however, is just how good a narrator she is. She sprinkles her delivery with appropriate accents and enthusiasm. Furthermore, her pacing is excellent, and her ability to maintain listener attention is impressive. Half the fun of listening is recalling the children's books from our own pasts and recollecting the joy of reading to little ones. Add in Gurdon's research on the benefits of reading aloud, along with a dollop of screen weariness, and you have an important and engaging audiobook. J.P.S. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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